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“…the living is easy, fish are jumpin’…” . These words of George Gershwin may come to your mind when visiting The fast and flashing web-world slows down a little bit and lets you dive into sunny landscapes, blue skies with white clouds, old trees on green hills,…

Just navigating through the high-resolution photographs makes you think you’d hear birds singing, crickets chirping and the gurgling of a clear water creek.

Drop your shoes and you’ll feel the grass caressing your toes and this gently blowing wind carrying the scents of apple blossoms and recently mowed meadow…

- Sorry to interrupt your dreams, but we’ll have to get back to business now. Because after all this is a high tech flash based website that uses cutting edge technology to load huge images and to give the user nearly limitless navigation possibilities.

Or to say it in a nutshell: we created a universal image display engine with contextual image based navigation. More on that later.

The “TourGuide” gives a nice bird’s eye view of a quite big area. Real satellite images have been carefully combined with additional graphics to design the map. Rotating windmills, planing gliders and that little red car slowly driving along the road all the way through the whole image are nice details that give the view a very natural taste and the feeling of flying over real landscapes. Here’s this little elegance popular map providers (with double-Os in their name) lack…

A similar effect is created by the white clouds that first hide the low-resolution parts – when the higher resolution images are loading – and then smoothly vanish and give a clear view of the now pixel-free map. Makes you think you just dropped out of a plane, hoping your parachute will open…

More than twenty locations, called “CountrySides”, can be chosen from the overview map. They carry inspiring names like “Schwanensee” or “Bruchweiher”. Each of them consists of a high-resolution photograph that usually cannot be displayed entirely in the browser, but thanks to the special loading technology here you can. What the visitor thinks is the complete image turns out to be only a fraction – the rest can be discovered bit by bit by panning with the mouse or using the navigation elements. A white “peephole” in the middle of each image contains animated abstract drawings like a kite dancing in the sky at “Schwalbenhang” or the book on a picnic blanket whose pages are turned by the wind at “Krähenwinkel”. They seem to be a look into what the visitor might dream of while looking at the image, and finally the scenes come alive.

As in real-life rambling, not every “CountrySide” is part of the guided tour. There’s always more to discover:
E-Cards written into the sky by toy planes, cows that have to be shooed back into their barn…just try for yourself.

There is a natural limitation in showing large images on the internet: transfer time for big data masses and technical limitations of the displaying software, i.e. the browser or the flash plugin. The MESO-team managed to overcome these limitations by combining an elegant queuing mechanism with large images split into smaller tiles. The parts of an image are loaded into the browsers cache, but are only loaded into memory when they are actually displayed – to keep the RAM usage low.

Add some XML-based anchor points that point to other parts of the site and you have a system that can use huge images as a beautiful or helpful background for an explorative menu. In this case we show nice landscapes, but the same system can be used to display technical documentation, architecture, you name it. Anyway, it makes flickr’s note system look like a schoolboy’s scrawl…

All satellite imagery used with friendly permission by "GeoContent ": GmbH

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